Gr: Updates 14/12/2009

kein Name 14.12.2009 16:21 Themen: Antifa Repression Weltweit
updates of Monday 14th December 2009
°The rectors' council decided not to change the law about the Asylum in Universities.

°Under symbolic squat by students one building of Panteios University in Athens in solidarity with the arrested people. The University functions normally.

°The second apply of Alexandros Grigoropoulos' mother for the trial to take place in Athens was rejected by Nikos Pantelis, second prosecutor of Areios Pagos (the highest court). Alexandros' mother states that a lot of eye witnesses cannot be able to be in the town where the trial will take place for long time, so the decision of Amfissa town doesn't help the court to have a view about what happened on 6th December 2008, as long as many eyewitnesses are pupils and cannot be away from their school for long time.

°Nikos Zagorianos, a judge authoritan, under law eye for not taking seriously the Siemens scandal and not doing all the law actions for this scandal. He is also blamed for C4I scandal.

°Michalis Chrysochoidis (Queen's peace minister) and Illka Laitinen (member of FRONTEX) talk about a FRONTEX company annex in Greece, so they can guard the east-south boarders of Europe.
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video: Solidarity with Struggling Greece

Amsterdam 06.12.09 14.12.2009 - 18:18

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kein Name 14.12.2009 - 18:22
°Solidarity with Ridvan Celik (RIDO) by the Educators' assembly of Ano Liosia, Zefyri and Fylis districts, Athens. One more assembly that gathers signatures to avoid the expell of Rido back to turkish authorities and in prison.

°Indypendent Lawyers organized a team for statements against police arbitrary (Polizeiwillkür). Most of the mass media refused to participate in the open press conference or write about this action. For more information, if lawyers and journalists are interested:

°15 nazis attacked in Cyprus against two persons. Anarchists start organizing radically to smash the nazis. As they report, they have no doubt that the nazis cooperate with the police forces and they don't have the will only for "democratic demonstrations and fiestas" that give no real result. It was the third nazi attack in the last year in the certain area of Manolis on the island of Cyprus.

°One person from Greece arrested in Kopenhagen on Saturday.

°Call for blocking a speech organized by the Israelian embassy with participation of the israelian doctor Aaron Ciechanover, teacher in medical university of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The organizators of the action think that this speech is hypocritic as long as 350 palestinian patients have lost their life because of the Gaza block, ambulances and hospital buildings have been bombed by the israelian army, israelian navy has hit ships that tried to transfer medical healthcare to Gaza, the aegyptian authorities after israelian orders have blocked doctors to enter Gaza and mostly israelian doctors refused to give information to palestinian doctors about healing skin-burns causes by white-phosphorus-weapons that were used by the israelian army.

profile of Aaron Ciechanover:

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel:

Documentary on RAI3 about the israelians' doctors refuse to give information about white-phosphorus injuries healing:

°Greece Struggles to Stay Afloat as Debts Pile On (from NY Times, By RACHEL DONADIO and NIKI KITSANTONIS):

ATHENS — Ever since Greece’s credit rating was downgraded last week, its new Socialist government has fought back, saying it has the mettle to tackle the soaring deficit and structural woes that have earned the country a reputation as the weak link in the euro zone.

“We will reduce the deficit, we will control the debt and there will be no need for a bailout,” the Greek finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, said in an interview in his office here this week. “We are not Iceland; we are not Dubai.”

But Mr. Papaconstantinou may have good reason for the traditional Greek metal worry beads he fingered during the interview. Outside his office, garbage was piled high in Syntagma Square, a result of a two-week strike by trash collectors that ended Friday.

A student demonstration was advancing on the square a day after pensioners had taken to the streets. This week, protests for the first anniversary of the death of an Athenian teenager shot by the police turned violent, but did not cause as much damage as disturbances last year.

Common in Greece even during better times, such protests are expected to increase drastically once the government introduces austerity measures in its 2010 budget, including wage freezes and measures to scale back public sector hiring, steps it says are needed to bring Greece’s finances under control.

As Mr. Papaconstantinou suggested, the problem is not Greece’s alone: heavily indebted countries, including Ireland, Britain and Spain, are under pressure to show that they can stimulate growth and grapple with debt burdens at the same time. Investors and European monetary officials are skeptical.

Greece, in particular, has to transform a culture with a low tolerance for change and a high tolerance for protest, no easy task for a two-month-old Socialist government that says it is committed to sustaining social spending. While convincing European Union leaders in Brussels, the new government also has to win over Greece.

The president of the civil servants’ union Adedy, Spyros Papaspyros, said the union was prepared to strike if cutbacks were unilateral and severe. “If funding cuts are made in critical sectors such as health or welfare, we create a serious risk of destabilization,” he said.

The political and social challenges are intense. “It will be a very tall order for any country to pull off the fiscal rescue they’ve now got to pull off,” said Simon Tilford, the chief economist at the Center for European Reform in London, a research group. In light of Greece’s political challenges, he added, “I find it at this point difficult to see how Greece is going to manage this without some kind of fiscal crisis.”

Certainly, the bond markets think Greece is a risky bet. Yields on the country’s two-year bonds soared to 3.09 percent from 1.9 percent this week — the worst for the markets here in more than a decade — and were about 3 percent on Friday, while the 10-year bond rose to 5.3 percent this week from an already elevated 4.99 percent. In the United States, by contrast, a 10-year bond yields 3.55 percent, and a two-year bond 0.81 percent.

The dire economic situation has prompted the question of what went wrong in a country that was once seen as a model for European Union membership and that enjoyed 15 years of sustained growth, coming from behind to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

“We didn’t use the Olympic spirit well,” said Elias Clis, a former Greek ambassador. “The previous government took the safe way, and the safe way is a very dangerous path.”

After winning by a wide margin in October, the Socialist government of Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that the country’s budget deficit was 12.7 percent of the gross domestic product, more than four times the 3 percent ceiling set by the European Monetary Union.

Mr. Papandreou last week estimated the national debt at $430 billion, calling it Greece’s worst crisis in three decades and blaming his conservative predecessors for the economic state. Greece’s national debt is expected to rise above 110 percent of its gross domestic product.

Last week, the ratings agency Fitch downgraded Greece’s credit rating based on fears that the deficit might cause the country to default, and the change sent Greek shares plunging and made the markets jittery. Standard & Poor’s has said it will reserve judgment until it sees the plan the government is expected to announce in January.

On Friday, Mr. Papandreou stressed the need for drastic measures. “We acknowledge the scale of the problem that we are faced with, and we are determined to make the shift toward a sustainable and healthy economy,” he said in Brussels.

He called for a “merciless crackdown on the corruption that is endemic in society and on widespread tax evasion.”

Yet that is not expected to be easy. The underground economy, which some estimates place as high as 30 percent of gross domestic product, helps people in countries like Greece that have European prices but salaries below the European average.

As he sat in a cafe with friends in the chic Kolonaki area on a recent afternoon, Antonis, 33, who disclosed only his first name, proudly announced that he refused to pay taxes.

“Why should I pay?” he asked with a grin. “I don’t care about my government; I don’t care about my country,” he added. He conceded, however, that he did care about soccer and women.

Such views, while not always so vehement, are common in Greece, where the government is widely seen as corrupt, regardless of who is in power. Few people expect much from the state — except highly coveted public sector jobs. Today, one in four Greek workers is employed by the state, a result of decades of public hiring to stave off social unrest.

The Papandreou administration has said that in 2010 it will hire only one new state worker for every five who retire. But that, too, poses problems. Savas Robolis, a member of the main labor union, the Greek General Confederation of Labor, who serves on a government committee on pension reform, called the pension situation a “time bomb.”

He said Greece had only enough money to pay pensions for one more year. If the country does not replenish the pension funds, “then we will face a huge social crisis in 10 years,” Mr. Robolis said.

Fears of cutbacks are causing widespread anxiety. Lambrini, who works in the Health Ministry and would give only her first name, said a possible freeze on her $1,300 monthly salary was a real concern for her and her husband, a municipal worker.

“We want to plan a family, but I don’t see how we can with such low incomes and with prices going up all the time,” she said.

She said she had never joined a labor protest before, but would take to the streets if her salary was frozen or cut. “I’ll be there,” she said. “And so will half the population.”

°Evaggelos Venizelos, national deffence minister plans to buy 15.000 new army weapons under the greek-german cooperation deal.

°After a research by GSEE (General Syndicate of Workers in Greece) the results showed that around 10.000 pupils give up school each year, because of economical problems.

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Zusf. letztes Jahr 14.12.2009 - 22:33

Capitalistic Crisis

kein Name 14.12.2009 - 23:31
on my personal opinion, one of the best jobs I have seen about the crisis in Greece and all around the world. It is a very good summary of articles from different newspapers all around the world in greek and english language. Enjoy: